John W. Millard Sr., 59, of Evansdale, died Sunday, May 7, 2017, at his home.
John was born Sept. 13, 1957, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of William K. and Neva M. (Townsend) Millard Sr. He attended Cedar Rapids schools and Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. On May 7, 1977, he was married to Deb VanDresar in Independence. The couple made their home in Cedar Rapids, before moving to Independence in 2000. They later moved to Evansdale in 2012. John was employed as a detail technician with Cedar Rapids Dodge for 17 years. John loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed fishing, camping and playing horseshoes.
He is survived by his wife, Deb Millard of Evansdale; five children, Jeff (Stephanie) Millard of Shellsburg, Johnny (Emily) Millard of La Porte City, Crista (Jr.) Ward of Evansdale, Justin (Brooke Forkner) Millard of Independence and Cassie (Michael) Harney of Waterloo; 17 grandchildren; a brother, Ronnie (Kathy) Millard of Independence; and a sister, Kim (Antonio) Espirito of Winfield.
John was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Randy Townsend, Neal Townsend and Kenneth Millard; and a sister, Lazetta Millard.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence, where friends may call from 1 p.m. until services Wednesday. Burial will be in the Spring Grove Cemetery, Troy Mills.
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